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July 07, 2015 08:00 ET

Applied Nanotech, Inc. Incorporates Printed Electronic Antenna in Blast-Resistant Vehicle Armor to Enable Radio Communication and Signal Jamming

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - July 07, 2015) - Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI), a PEN Inc. company (OTCQB: PENC) (PEN), announces successful completion and test of fiberglass ballistic and blast-resistant armor panels that incorporate printed electronic antennas capable of sending and receiving radio communications and jamming enemy communication signals. The armor provides multi-channel communications and advanced active protection for vehicles, ships and buildings.

The multi-function armor eliminates the need for multiple high-profile communications antenna structures on military vehicles and ships, making them less visible and identifiable in hostile situations. The armor-incased antennas also have jamming capability to block radio signals, such as those used to remotely trigger explosives, including improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Two wideband low-profile antennas have been developed, each capable of carrying signals at multiple frequencies. Together they provide electronic warfare, jamming and communication capabilities. ANI partners in the program are Armortex, maker of bullet-, blast- and forced entry-resistant products, The University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Villanova University. The research, supported by a federal Small Business Technology Transfers program (STTR) sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), combines the knowledge and experience of printed electronics of ANI with the antenna design and modeling capabilities of UT Knoxville and Villanova, and bullet-resistant fiberglass panel products manufactured by Armortex.

"Applied Nanotech and the university partners have made impressive technology strides to create new applications for our existing product line," says Rick Snelling, Vice President/General Manager of Armortex.

"The applications of printed electronics are vast; ANI offers the knowledge and experience to help realize the potential," says Dr. Richard Fink, President, Applied Nanotech. "This success demonstrates our comprehensive capabilities as the PEN design center."

"This has been a challenging yet exciting program to take a passive composite material and create a complex antenna structure that not only provides ballistic protection but also may help defeat improvised explosive devices and other threats," says Dr. Aly Fathy, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UT Knoxville. "This program is a synergistic combination of functional requirements, materials, novel design, modeling and testing," says Dr. Ahmad Hoorfar, Professor and Director of Antenna Research Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Villanova University.

About Applied Nanotech, Inc.
Applied Nanotech, Inc., a PEN Inc company, is the PEN Design Center focused on developing new products for the PEN family of companies using nanotechnology approaches. Its team of PhD level scientists and engineers works with companies and organizations to solve technical impasses and create innovations.

About PEN Inc.
(OTCQB: PENC) PEN Inc. (PENC) is a global leader in developing, commercializing and marketing enhanced-performance products enabled by nanotechnology. The company focuses on innovative and advanced product solutions in safety, health and sustainability. For more information about PEN, visit www.pen-technology.com.

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